THE exodus continues. Blyth Spartans have signed Darren Timmons from FA Vase winners Whitley Bay.
New manager and former Seahorses assistant boss Steve Cuggy has already lured head coach Gavin Fell to Croft Park, with Hillheads captain David Coulson and goalkeeper Kyle Hayes having agreed to follow them.
Now former Hartlepool United and Ashington defender Timmons – who can play centrally or at right-back – has also joined the Blue Square Bet North outfit, and Cuggy is delighted to have landed such a high-quality player.
“Darren is extremely reliable and a smashing lad to have around the place,” said Cuggy. “He is also a very comfortable footballer, who could have been playing at a higher level than the Northern League for a lot of years.”
Timmons joins Graeme Armstrong, Wayne Phillips, Liam Atkin and Chris Emms as new arrivals at the Northumberland outfit.
Dan Groves and Neal Hooks have agreed to stay, following former manager Mick Tait’s departure, but Paul Brayson – leading goalscorer for the past two seasons – has joined Harrogate Town, and Liam O’Mahoney has also left. Of new boys Phillips, Atkin and Emms, Cuggy added: “Wayne is a superb signing - he’ll bring flair, pace and creativity to the club and hopefully get among the goals as well. Everything has gone well so far on the signing front, probably better than I expected and Wayne is another example of this.
“I have spoken to the majority of the lads from the current squad and know a few of the lads are still are on holiday and I will speak to them when they return, but everything is going well at the minute.
“We are pleased to get Liam on board, we watched him several times last year and he is an excellent footballer, but he also has a bit of steel. We have also spoken to a lot of people who know him well and they are all confident that he’ll be able to make the step up and flourish at this level.
“He’s clearly got a lot of potential and could be a very useful signing.
“Chris started his career at Middlesbrough and has played for Billingham Town, Gateshead, Spennymoor Town, ECU Joondalup in Australia, Harrogate Town and Spennymoor Town.
“He can play on either wing or in the hole behind the frontline, and we hope his guile and creativity will provide ammunition for Graeme Armstrong to feed from.”